Originally Posted by spritzer
How is this any different to the SR-Omega or the Orpheus for that matter? The SR-Omega used the same arc as the 23000Yen Alpha Pro and the Orpheus uses the same exact cable entry and headband setup as the HE60.
What if it wasn't any different? Pointing out similar problems in other phones does not excuse the existence of those problems in this one.
With the SR-Omega it is the same problem. I always thought the headband looked out of place, now I realise why. The Alpha is a completely different headphone design and the Omega looked cobbled together as a result. I always felt the headband arc was way too thin for cups that wide, speaking in terms of aesthetic design at least. Now at first glance of the Alpha on Google image it looks to be the same or a very similar headband to the Gamma too which I had seen before. I have no problem with that as it is a seamless match.
As I said "or at least be designed to be a proper visual match for the parts it is using".
I'm not complaining that the SR-507 uses the same basket as the SR-407 - they are both based on the same design, just like the HE60 and HE90 are both based on the design. The 507 and 407 using the same parts is seamless, the HE60 and HE90 using the same cable entry and headband is seamless and while in an ideal world they would create a new headphone every time from the point of view of someone who appreciates design, it doesn't offend my eye.
This is a different story. The headband and cable entry on this phone belong to completely different design of headphones and it stands out a mile off.
The bottom line is this is the sort of thing that will not bother a lot of people, and that's fine, how it sounds is of course the most important thing. But I also think it is fine to care about product design, and to expect a manufacturer to take pride in all areas of their product.